Manchester United interim boss Ralf Rangnick has been offered a two-year advisory role at Old Trafford but could now reportedly take a job with the Austria national team
Ralf Rangnick could step away from his contractually agreed advisory role Manchester United after he was reportedly offered a job in the Austria national team.
The 63-year-old was appointed interim boss of the Red Devils late last year and tasked with picking up the pieces from late 2016 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer ‘s reign. Rangnick initially declared he could stay beyond this summer but a miserable run from recent form meant it was never a serious possibility.
Erik ten Hag was confirmed as Rangnick’s permanent successor last week, with the Ajax boss set to take full control from the start of pre-season. However, the German tactician appeared to be staying at Old Trafford after being offered a two-year role in an advisory capacity.
And earlier this week, Rangnick suggested he was willing to work with Ten Hag and liaise with the new boss to move the club forward.
“I really believe there are many things that can and will get better with a new manager and hopefully some new players and some fresh energy in this squad,” he said.
“With this group of new players and the quality of the players who are already here, together with the new manager I am very confident that next season will be much better. I look forward to working in this advisory role and of course helping Eric as much as he wants to.
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“Obviously I am more than willing and ready to help both Erik and everyone else at the club to change everything for the better.”
Despite this arrangement, a report by the daily mail claims Rangnick is considering an offer from the Austrian FA, with claims from Vienna that he could be announced as early as Friday morning. Earlier this month, the Austrian Football Association had to deny rumors that Rangnick was ready to replace Franco Foda.
At the time, they released a statement that said: “Clarification: There was no meeting between OFB sporting director Peter Schottel and Ralf Rangnick, coach of @ManUtd.”
Austria football bosses are looking for a new manager after Foda stepped down from his role in March following the play-off defeat by Wales. Gareth Bale scored twice in a 2-1 win for the Dragons and sent them through to the final qualifying round where they will face Scotland or Scotland Ukraine.
A release from the country claims that ÖFB president Gerhard Milletich and sporting director Peter Schottel will announce the new coach at 11am on Friday 29 April, naming Rangnick as a potential successor to Foda.
Rangnick’s long-term role at Old Trafford has remained a mystery – with a belief he may only be needed a few days a month – and the athlete report that he was still able to juggle the two jobs. United take over Chelsea on Thursday, with just four games separating the Red Devils from the end of a miserably overwhelming campaign.
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